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The opioid crisis and heroin offenses

Looking at the big picture, the opioid epidemic and heroin offenses are linked hand-in-hand. When prescription painkillers hit the mainstream population by means of doctors roughly two decades ago, it led to the direct increase in heroin offenses and addictions. This is because chemically, many prescription painkillers and heroin are the same chemical structure. This means you can get a similar high by using either drug - whether found on the street or prescribed.

Many heroin offenses stem from addiction. Because of this, Chester County set out to determine the underlying factors that impact West Chester residents and their families when heroin comes into play. The District Attorney's office has also been tough on heroin users and dealers. With prosecutions in place like Operation Wildfire, the District Attorney's Office has targeted heroin and opioid dealers. Chester County has one of the longest tenured drug courts in Pennsylvania, diverting addicts from the prison system.

This means that oftentimes, accused drug offenders can seek treatment for their addiction, rather than jail time for convicted drug offenses. This isn't true in all cases, but it is an option those accused of drug crimes can consider when facing charges related to heroin offenses. Heroin offenses can range from misdemeanors to felony charges. Understanding what you or a loved one is charged with in relation to their heroin addiction is key to achieving the best possible outcome for the accused and their family.

Realizing that a person has a problem sometimes comes in the form of criminal charges. If you or a loved one has found that a heroin charge is awaiting them, don't wait until the criminal trial to build a defense. It can be a two-part approach also, addressing the criminal charges one is facing along with finding a path to wellness. It doesn't have to be one or the other.

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